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California

In California, elections are overseen by the California Secretary of State.

FIND YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:

https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE:

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

 

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA:

  • You must register at least 15 days before the election

  • In person or mail in applications are available at most state government and county elections offices, as well as many post offices and DMVs. Online Registration available here: https://registertovote.ca.gov.

 

PRIMARY RULES:

  • Jungle Primaries. This means that all candidates, regardless of party, are put on the same ballot and the top two vote getters become the general election candidates. This means the primaries in California are incredibly important to vote in.

 

WAYS TO VOTE:

  • In Person on Election Day

  • Early Voting is available at county elections offices 7-29 days before the election

  • Absentee (Here's the California Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application. It must be received at least 7 days prior to the election.)

  • California Voters Choice is an experimental program now available in Madura, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, or San Mateo Counties. The program includes new features like mailing every voter a ballot, expanding in-person early voting, and allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county. Check the link for more details.

 

    Know before you go:

    • ID is NOT required to vote as long as you registered using your driver's license number, official California identification number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.

      • If you are a first time voter and mailed in your registration but didn’t provide any of the above numbers, you may be required to show ID once, either in the form of a state ID, a paycheck, a utility bill, or a government document that shows your name and address.

    • If you've registered by your name does not appear in the voter rolls, you are entitled to cast a provisional ballot.

    • Polling Hours: 7:00am-8:00pm

    • Secretary of State Voters Hotline: (800) 345-VOTE (8683)